or by crazed anti-religious zealots.
An A.P. writer pondered the question: “Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but ideas range from scrap metal scavengers to people with an interest in the case.”
My newest favorite pundit, Susan Swift at Big Journalism, pondered what lead the liberal A.P. writer to such a conclusion:
“Scrap metal scavengers?!? Of course! Imagine the confused, head-scratching scene in the Associated Press newsroom when this story broke. Why? Why would anyone steal this cross, they puzzled? On the one hand, you have embittered anti-religious zealots who just lost a years’ long battle costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
“On the other hand, you have a 7 foot tall cross with a scrap value of maybe $100, which would take at least two men most of a day, a pickup truck, and probably 20 gallons of gas, for the 250 mile round trip, not to mention the long hike to access, cut and remove the cross, leaving a net profit of perhaps $20 each for a day’s work. So, who could it have been – bitterly aggrieved anti-religion zealots? Or economically suicidal scrap metal scavengers? Why, scrap metal scavengers!”
Not to mention that the cross had stood in the same spot for decades (it was a monument to soldiers in WWI). Yeah, it probably was just a coincidence that just days after the anti-religious zealots lost that scavenger stole it to sell it for scrap. Gramps will buy that, after a few rounds anyway! 😛
By John Doe